SPAN W80 Spanish in Yucatan. Students spend three weeks immersed in Mexican culture and Spanish language in Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan. Merida has a population of one million and offers a colonial past, strong Mayan influence in the present, and intensive globalization as it faces the future. It is the site of two universities and several mission organizations. Students live with Mexican families and attend daily lecture and discussion classes focusing on aspects of Mexican culture such as Mexican and Mayan history, the history of Catholicism and Protestantism in Mexico, and the current political and economic context. Students also participate in excursions to Mayan ruins and attend religious and cultural events. Students will improve their comprehension and fluency in the Spanish language, increase understanding of various cultural and religious phenomena of Mexico and particularly of Yucatan, and grow in personal maturity and awareness of cultural differences. Students keep a journal with notes from lectures and discussions as well as personal observations on Mexican culture and on their own experiences. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 and permission of instructor. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $2500. S. Lamanna. Off campus.
SPAN W81 From Page to Screen: Cinematic Adaptations of Great Hispanic Texts. Short stories, theater plays and novels have inspired a variety of fascinating movies in the Spanish-speaking world, some repeatedly so. In fact, some of the biggest hits in the cinematic history of any country are based on major nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts. This course will provide students with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with both – Spanish-language movies and texts which inspired them – perfecting along the way their listening, oral, writing and reading skills. In addition to discovering fascinating works and honing their interpretation skills, the students will also ponder the following critical issues: What is at stake in transforming a text into a movie? What is the nature of a work of adaptation (faithful transcription? original retelling? translation? improvisation?) and does it really matter? Do spectators view and judge such cinematic creations differently than other movies? How do films based on familiar texts impact our understanding and engagement with such texts? Why are there multiple cinematic versions of some texts (and not others)? To what extent does the director’s worldview impact his/her creative decisions? The course will be conducted in Spanish. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisites: SPAN 301. O. Shkatulo. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SPAN122 Intermediate Spanish. This course is the second part of the closely integrated 121-122-202 sequence, which fulfills the requirements for foreign language. Students attend large-group sessions in the morning and small-group sessions in the afternoon to acquire skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish and participate in discussion of cultural topics related to the Hispanic world. Prerequisite: Spanish 121. M. Bierling, D. Zandstra. 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SPAN 358 Aiding in the Spanish Classroom. The goal of this course is to give advanced students of Spanish the opportunity to experience firsthand the teaching of foreign language and to develop their oral skills by leading small-group practice sessions completely in Spanish. Students enrolled in this class are an essential part of the successful teaching of Spanish 122. Morning activities include meeting with other aides and program director, observing master teachers, and preparing class plans, materials, and activities. During the afternoon aides lead their own practice groups and tutor students with problems. A daily journal, an activity card file, lesson plans, prepared material and quizzes, and classroom techniques are used to evaluate a student’s competency in oral and written Spanish and in pedagogical skills. In addition, students are evaluated twice by the students in their small groups, and they are regularly observed by the instructor of Spanish 358. Prerequisites: Spanish 302 with a grade of B+ or better and approval of the instructor through an application process. P. Villalta. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W81 Brazil: A Study of the African Diaspora in Brazil . Course dates: January 2-26. Fee: $3500. E. Miller. Off Campus.